Home has so much history

By Lori Little

Published on Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 12:30


Home has so much history

Apartment 2 in Ryde’s historic Berwick Lodge, former home of Gen Jack Seely, is for sale.



PRICE: £285,000

AGENT: Pier Estate Agents

TEL: 01983 620062

Period features and historical interest help make this apartment in Ryde a highly desirable one.

Located in Augusta Road, off Spencer Road, it is a lovely part of town within minutes of the seafront and enjoying wonderful views of the sea from its huge original windows.

Apartment 2, Berwick Lodge, is one of just five spacious apartments in this attractive Grade II-listed building.

The building has been in the same family since 1924 and has been split into the apartments — with apartment 2 the last to be sold off.

The property was the former holiday residence of General Jack Seely and his wife, Emily. She is on record as having stayed there while her husband fought for his country abroad. His horse, Warrior, was the famous War Horse.

The building was built in 1820 in a free Gothic style and features fleur de lis finials and a square tower with stepped crenellation.

Apartment 2 is located on the second floor and is full of character and history, with elegant tall ceilings, ornate coving, picture rails, high skirting boards, ceiling roses and traditional fireplaces. The owner has carefully redecorated using Regency colours.

Every room is spacious, starting with the entrance hall and long hallway stretching down the centre with all rooms leading off. As well as the feeling of space, there is plenty of storage and cupboards, too.

There is a large reception room boasting spectacular sea views and stuffed full of period features.

The dining room and adjoining kitchen has doors between to separate off but it works well as one big room.

The dining end has a curved bay window with window seats — it would be difficult to drag yourself away from this sunny spot to cook a meal but the kitchen has its own allure.

All the kitchen cupboards have been handmade bespoke by the owner from pinewood and the room also features a butler sink, range cooker and separate combi oven/microwave.

There are three double bedrooms, including a master of magnifient proportions, and there is a useful desk area built into the second bedroom. A family bathroom has a bath with shower over and there is a second WC outside the apartment, off the landing, along with a useful utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

The property benefits from having its own enclosed kitchen garden within the grounds, gravelled circular driveway and a garage/workshop with light and power.

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